Internet Relay Chat Norway - IRCNO
Document: IRCNO-LJ 20-05-96 16:10:49
IRCNO in English.
This document is only a brief presentation of IRCNO, for a full presentation
of one of the topics covered here, contact IRCNO.
The purpose of IRCNO is to make IRC in Norway as effective as
possible. To achieve this, it has to separate components, an
administrative and a technical.
The administrative component enforces compliance with the IRC rules in
Norway. The purpose of the rules is not to make operators net-police,
but action must nonetheless be taken when rules are not complied with.
Furthermore, we create national statistics on servers and users
connection time. (This info is however only available to the operators,
and users asking for it.)
We also document IRC in Norway, and keep information files updated.
Finally, we give heavy user-support. All documentation, information
files, and user-support files are in the Norwegian language.
The technical component consist mainly of ensuring the proper and
reliable functioning of Norwegian servers and links, so that IRC in
Norway is compatible with the rest of the EBIC IRC Net.
IRCNO also has its own email address for any inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
IRCNO has official support from the Norwegian academic network provider -- UNINETT.
From time to time it will be necessary to vote on certain cases.
Unless nothing is stated the following is what we use:
- The Admin has a double vote if necessary.
- The Operator has one vote.
IRCNO has rules for servers, admins, operators and users.
- To change the server or admin rules there must be a 100% agreement
among all admins. This is to ensure that no-one will break out.
It is a must that all must show diplomatic sides and be prepared to
give and take.
- To change the operator rules it must a 2/3 pro-votes among the
admins. Operators can give their opinions, but they are not allowed
to vote. Any addendums should be discussed among the admins.
- To change the user-rules there must be agreement between more than 50%
of admins and opers.
Here is a list that defines IRCNO's tasks.
- Take care of the Norwegian IRC servers.
That is linking the servers like the physical network, and ensure that
servers are running on decent hardware.
- Enforce the rules for IRC use in Norway.
This must be done without being a "cop". Actions should only be taken
if someone tell a oper about the fraud or a oper finds out without
looking for it. Anyway, the Brain Must Be Used in all cases.
- Be responsible toward UNINETT.
All Norwegian irc-clients should use Norwegian servers. ONE person is
responsible for IRC in Norway. IRC is at present an official service
under UNINETT. It is not yet a UNINETT service, but UNINETT gives IRCNO
100% support. IRCNO must also change their ethics-guidelines to match
the revised UNINETT ethics.
- Make statistics.
This published without individual information on given places
(no.irc on usenet). Individuals may get information on their irc-use.
- Document IRC in Norway.
There are several documents. Both technical and documents that will
easy the use of IRC for starters. These docs shall be present on FTP,
FSP and a file-bot on IRC.
- User support.
- On IRC: #IRCNorge.
- Mailing list: email@example.com
- On News: no.irc
Rules of IRC use in Norway
We have 3 kinds of rules, user/bot, operator and server-admin.
Here is a short translation of the rules. For a in-depth explanation,
fetch the Norwegian version and ask a Norwegian to translate what you
Dispensation from some of the bot-rules may be given under certain
- USER-RULES - The following is not allowed:
- Fake userids, or trying to hide the real user-id.
- Being intentionally offensive to another user.
- Dumping a lot of text to a public channel.
- Constant beeping on a channel.
- Anything that will reduce the technical functionality of IRC.
- Harrasement defined by Norwegian Civil Law.
- Using offensive words in channel topics on public channels.
- Destroys the integrity of information.
- Compromise private communication.
- BOT-RULES - The following guidelines must be followed:
- Bots must not have fake user-id unless given permission.
- Bots must not send a message to a user not activating it.
- Bots must be invisible unless they perform a good "irc-deed".
- Bots must only answer to PRIVMSG by using NOTICE.
- Bots must not autoconnect if it has been removed from IRC by
an IRCOP via /KILL.
The operators are NOT cops, they are to ensure that
the irc-links works as defined. Simply a janitor with a broom. To
us that is the NORWEGIAN part of the net. We seldom mess with other
As a oper our task is to keep an eye on Norwegian servers, primary
the server YOU have operator status on.
Main rule: A operator shall never use his privileges to gain information
that a user can not gain.
- Shall NOT be used to gain yourself or other chanop.
- SQUIT/CONNECT should not normally be used. The servers should be
configures so that they will fix the routing themselves.
- Any re-routing inside the country shall be announce as a messages
to $*.no. This is to ensure that people have the change to prepare
them selves mentally for the break.
- If you need to experiment with linking, this should be done in
periods with a small number of users, and not day-time. This is
because a SQUIT/CONNECT may bother all Norwegian users.
- Kill shall normally not be used.
- Before one issues a kill one must have a good reason.
- If a user requests a kill, this should be done by the local
operator on the users server.
- Persons who harass others, and do not stop after beeing told
several times can be killed.
- People "stealing" others nick can not be killed unless one can
establish the fact that this is done only to be a prime asshole.
If a nick is taken one or two time this is not beeing a prime asshole.
Nicknames are not owned.
- "Ghosted clients" should be killed via the UNIX kill.
- A kill shall be given like this: "/kill ".
- It is not allowed to use /TRACE to search for invisible users.
Every documented violation on these rules may make your oper privileges
go away on a permanent basis.
An operator may appeal by the following way:
Every irc-operators in Norway via the mailing list "op-no". The case, with
logs and explanations must be mailed to the list. Everyone except the irc-
admin to the give operator has one vote, the irc-admin has two if the
voting becomes equal.
Foreign irc-admins/ops has nothing to say in a given disciplinary case.
Following is the EBIC-Rules concerning linking. For domestic
linking we have our own rules.
- To get a server connect to the Norwegian IRC-net:
- New servers must only be leafs.
- New servers must have one primary- and one secondary link.
- New servers should only have one active link at a time.
- The new server must have enough users.
- New server connections should be discussed among the existing oper/admins.
- Any link should follow the physical net-topology.
- A server that is not close to a regional UNINETT net center should not
function as a HUB server.
- Every server in Norway takes part in the national user-statistic.
- If host-masking is to be used, every server behind a mask must be able
to connect to the up-host.
- An irc-admin must be available by email, unless he/she notifies IRCNO
about any longer planned absence.
- A server-admin's duty is to have his/her server perform well for
the end-users and other servers on the irc-net.
- An irc-admin must upgrade his/her server and tune it according to
something suitable as soon as a server-release is known to be
- An irc-admin that is not following these rules can loose his/her links
if 100% of IRCNO agrees.
Persons in IRCNO
We do not have any leader or jobs, but we do perform certain tasks.
Every decision is taken by discussion and voting. We do not have any
problem with this, and no nasty disagreements occur. This we believe
is because of our Norwegian Nature :-)
Who is Who is documented in the file called irc-no. Norwegian titles
- IRCNO secretary (IRCNO sekretær)
Keeps track and system of all docs that are produced within IRCNO.
The updating of the various documents is left to the one who has
the administrative job with the document.
- File-archive (Filarkiv)
Keeps the anonymous FTP archive at flode.nvg.ntnu.no up-to date.
The archive is also accessible by FSP. The archive consist of
IRCNO docs, IRC docs in general, and IRC software.
This person also administrate the two mailing-lists that exist (IRCNO
and a IRC-user list)
- Statistics: (Statistikk)
Does the monthly stats of IRC-use in Norway.
- EBIC contact (EBIC kontakt)
This task is defined in the EBIC-rules.
- Link master (Link ansvarlig)
Job is to find the best links for Norwegian servers, and how they
should connect to each other. In link-matters this person often
has the last word. The link master write a link-report from time
to time (found on the archive as "links"). This report is the only
english document beside this one. This person must have good
knowledge on net-structure in Norway and how the server-linking works.
- UNINETT contact (UNINETT kontakt)
UNINETT want one contact person. This person will likely also be
known as the one who is "responsible for IRC in Norway".
For a list of servers and their associated persons, see the file irc-no
under "servers in IRCNO".
This document WAS proof-read by Espen Anneling (firstname.lastname@example.org) It
was later hacked by the IRCNO secretary, thus any spelling is his
fault, and the secondary proofer Nicolai Langfeldt (email@example.com).
Formatted for WWW by Bjørn Borud
, mars 1994